Aunty Mary’s Fruit Cake – Gluten & Dairy Free Version

serves / makes 8
50 prep time
50 mins cooking time


This recipe has been adapted from my Grandma’s Aunt’s recipe to be gluten and dairy free. This fruit cake is always very popular in our family and had been passed down the generations. After I had to stop eating gluten and dairy I started working on a ‘free from’ version, so this is the recipe for Aunty Mary’s fruit cake.



Aunty Mary


  • 230g sultanas
  • 225ml water
  • 115g soft brown sugar
  • 60g dairy free spread
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 100g ground rice flour
  • 130g gluten and dairy free self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs


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  1. Place the sultanas, water, brown sugar, dairy free spread, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and baking powder into a large saucepan
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 12 minutes
  3. Preheat the oven to 180 oC
  4. Allow the mix to cool for about 15 minutes
  5. Stir in the eggs and gluten free flour and mix until well combined
  6. Pour into a 1lb well oiled loaf tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 40 minutes
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely
  8. The cake can either be served plain or iced

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